• 2016 Daily Schedule

    Check out the activities we offered.

Schedule of Events

October 17 – 31, 2016

The Town of Carefree’s 2nd year of pumpkin enchantment was a tremendous success!

Visitors strolled the 4 acre exhibit in the Carefree Desert Gardens every day and discovered whimsical pumpkin characters keeping time with the Carefree Sundial. We encouraged people to return as the exhibits changed daily with new carved pumpkins. Everyone enjoyed “Ray’s 10 Best” Pickled Sculpted Pumpkins in their Saguaro Cactus displays that resembled real botanical specimens.

The weekdays were exciting, but the weekends invited the scarecrows and the pumpkin activities to reach their peak and included LIVE pumpkin carving featuring world renowned artist Ray Villafane! The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden was open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.

Monday, October 17th

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – First day of the 15-day Enchanted Pumpkin Garden extravaganza
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)

Tuesday, October 18th

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)

Wednesday, October 19th

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)

Thursday, October 20th

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)

Friday, October 21st

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    All day LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Gourmet Pumpkin Eats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden
  • 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Adopt a Pumpkin Patch
    Sponsors: Mortimer Farms & Desert Foothills YMCA

Saturday, October 22nd

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    All day LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Take the Jelly Belly BeanBoozled® Challenge
    Sponsor: Jelly Belly Candy
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids
    Sponsor: Easy Street Galleria
  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Face Painting
    Sponsor: Blushing Peach Art
  • 11:00 am. – 7:00 p.m.
    Adopt a Pumpkin Pumpkin
    Sponsors: Mortimer Farms & Desert Foothills YMCA
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Gourmet Pumpkin Eats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition (registration required)
    Sponsor: Venues Café

Sunday, October 23rd

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    All day LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Take the Jelly Belly BeanBoozled® Challenge
    Sponsor: Jelly Belly Candy
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids
    Sponsor: Easy Street Galleria
  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Face Painting
    Sponsor: Blushing Peach Art
  • 11:00 am. – 7:00 p.m.
    Adopt a Pumpkin Pumpkin
    Sponsor: Mortimer Farms
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Gourmet Pumpkin Eats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden

Monday, October 24th

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)

Tuesday, October 25th

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)

Wednesday, October 26th

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Family Carving Night
    Sponsors: Desert Foothills Family YMCA & Mortimer Farms

Thursday, October 27th

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Family Carving Night
    Sponsors: Desert Foothills Family YMCA & Mortimer Farms

Friday, October 28th

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    All day LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids
    Sponsor: Easy Street Galleria
  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Face Painting
    Sponsor: Blushing Peach Art
  • 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Adopt a Pumpkin” Pumpkin Patch
    Sponsors: Mortimer Farms & Desert Foothills YMCA
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Gourmet Pumpkin Eats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden

Saturday, October 29th

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    All day LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Take the Jelly Belly BeanBoozled® Challenge
    Sponsor: Jelly Belly Candy
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids
    Sponsor: Easy Street Galleria
  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Face Painting
    Sponsor: Blushing Peach Art
  • 11:00 am. – 7:00 p.m.
    Adopt a Pumpkin” Pumpkin Patch
    Sponsor: Mortimer Farms
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Gourmet Pumpkin Eats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden
  • 1:00 p.m.
    Pumpkin Pin Hunt GRAND PRIZE Winner Announced!
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition (registration required)

Sunday, October 30th

Special Weekend Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    All day LIVE pumpkin carving from Villafane Studios world carvers
  • 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Take the Jelly Belly BeanBoozled® Challenge
    Sponsor: Jelly Belly Candy
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids
    Sponsor: Easy Street Galleria
  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Face Painting
    Sponsor: Blushing Peach Art
  • 11:00 am. – 7:00 p.m.
    Adopt a Pumpkin” Pumpkin Patch
    Sponsor: Mortimer Farms
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Gourmet Pumpkin Eats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden

Monday, October 31st: Halloween

Special Halloween Enchantment and SCarefree Nights

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    – “King of Carefree” 400 lb. pumpkin photo opportunities
    – Stroll the garden looking for “Ray’s 10 Best” pickled sculpted pumpkins in their saguaro cactus displays
    – 4 acres of over 100 whimsical characters keeping time with the sundial and playing in their garden
    – Mischievous pumpkins interact with their New Pumpkin Village (saloon, general store, church, bank and more!)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Take the Jelly Belly BeanBoozled® Challenge
    Sponsor: Jelly Belly Candy
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Picasso Arts and Crafts for Kids
    Sponsor: Easy Street Galleria
  • 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Come dressed in your costume and trick or treat in the Garden!
  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Face Painting
    Sponsor: Blushing Peach Art
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Gourmet Pumpkin Eats & Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden

Highlighted Activities

Jelly Belly BeanBoozled® Challenge
Craft Beer Garden
Pumpkin Pin Hunt
Family Carving Nights
Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest
Picasso Arts and Crafts
Face Painting
Adopt a Pumpkin

Have questions? Call the Town of Carefree today at 480.488.3686 or send us an email.

Town of Carefree’s
Enchanted Pumpkin Garden

October 20 – October 29, 2017
101 Easy Street, Carefree AZ 85377
480.488.3686
info@carefreepumpkingarden.com
VisitCarefree.com

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